Pilotless Planes Could Be Possible In The Next Decade
According to a new study, which was made by investment bank UBS, the new technology of pilotless planes is in the developing process. That would make the remotely flying an aircraft possible in the near future.
£27 billion – this is the amount of money that pilotless planes could save for the airlines. Also, it would reduce the slash fares for passengers, who could see prices fallen by over 10%. The report said: “The average percentage of total cost and average benefit that could be passed onto passengers in a price reduction for the US airlines is 11 percent“. According to UBS, pilots cost £24 billion per year for the whole aviation industry, so, the biggest savings will come from reducing the cost of employing.
About 54% from 8000 of surveyed people said that they would refuse to fly with a pilotless plane and the lower cost wouldn‘t make to change their minds. However, respondents between 18 and 34 and those who had a higher degree of education were more optimistic about flying without a pilot. The report said: “This bodes well for the technology as the population ages".
The initial technology which lets airplanes fly without a pilot already exists. Remotely operated drones work perfectly in the military. UBS says that this technology could be adapted to control commercial aircraft. Furthermore, commercial jets already use computers for many functions including take-off, cruise and landing.
Boeing will be the first company to test pilotless planes in 2018. Their vice president of product development, Mike Sinnett, said: “The basic building blocks of the technology clearly are available.”
However, some specialists and former pilots say that this futuristic approach can cause more damage than benefit. “Computers can fail, and often do, and someone is still going to be needed to work that computer. Most of us own some sort of electronic device that can do amazing things – however, a human is still required to operate it“.